Author: Perry Anne
Color: Sky/Pale blue
Package Dimensions: 0x0x567
Number Of Pages: 208
Release Date: 09-11-2021
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Thomas and Charlotte Pitt’s former maid takes a new job as Christmas approaches—but not everyone in the household may survive the holidays in this tension-filled novel from bestselling author Anne Perry.
“Perry’s Victorian-era holiday mysteries [are] an annual treat.”—The Wall Street Journal
After leaving her position with Charlotte and Thomas Pitt to get married, Gracie thought her days as a maid were behind her. But when her good friend’s daughter, Millie, turns up on her doorstep just before the holidays, frantic because things are going missing from the kitchen in the household she serves, Gracie knows she has to find out what is happening. Millie, whose mother died years before, can’t risk being accused of theft and getting thrown out on the street, with no character references for a new position.
So Gracie takes on Millie’s job herself, claiming Millie is sick and needs a few days to recuperate. At first, it seems that all is normal in the household, even if the couple’s elderly granny keeps entirely to her bedroom upstairs. But Gracie begins to realize that Granny is suffering from neglect—and rather than helping her, the husband and wife have decided she isn’t dying fast enough.
Praise for the Christmas novels of Anne PerryA Christmas Resolution
“Once again, Anne Perry has combined the classic elements of a mystery with the ageless sentiments of the yuletide season. A Christmas Resolution is another must-read for the holidays.”
—BookreporterA Christmas Gathering“A short historical mystery from the absorbing Perry is an annual holiday tradition. Here, espionage mingles discreetly with classic British country-house huggermugger. . . . Rest assured that Christmas will nonetheless be a holiday of good cheer.”
—The Seattle Times
A Christmas Revelation
“Perry slips in some good Dickensian details—and even a little Peaky Blinders–style grit—with her velvet-trimmed holiday spirit.”
A Christmas Return
“Exceptional . . . Perry unobtrusively incorporates insights about the true meaning of the season into the engrossing plot.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A Christmas Message
“[Perry’s] characters have that larger-than-life quality that permeated so many classic films from the golden age of cinema.”
A Christmas Escape
“Rivals the classic murder mysteries of Dame Agatha Christie . . . The suspense is built up so well.”
About the Author
Anne Perry is the
New York Times bestselling author of eighteen previous holiday novels, as well as the William Monk series, the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, the Daniel Pitt series, the Elena Standish series, five World War I novels, and a work of historical fiction,
The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles.
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“How old are you?” Gracie asked sternly.
“I’m very almost six,” Charlie replied, taking her finger away from the mixing bowl in which Gracie was stirring the Christmas cake for the final time, and looking at her mother with a combination of awe and pleading.
Gracie regarded her daughter with as much severity as she could manage, which was not a lot. “So you know to wait until I’m finished and have put this batter into the cake tin. Then you can have the rest.”
“But you don’t leave anything,” Charlie said reasonably.
“I leave enough,” her mother replied, and started to spoon the mixture into the baking tin. It was rich with raisins, sultanas, candied orange peel, and everything else delicious, even tiny threepenny bits, wrapped in pieces of cloth, so nobody would accidentally swallow them.
“How long is it till Christmas?” Charlie asked again.
“A week and two days,” Gracie replied.
“Why does everybody have a party for some little boy?” Charlie asked. “We aren’t going to have another little boy, are we? We’ve got enough.” She had two younger brothers, aged four and three. She was quite sure they did not need any